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Alabama city holds “Amnesty Week,” part of SPLC settlement of federal lawsuit over private probation scheme

Mon, 04/08/2019 - 15:38
The city of Gardendale, Alabama, today began a week in which it will allow people who are facing municipal offenses to clear their cases, without being arrested.

White Professors of African Studies Targeted With Death Threats

Sun, 04/07/2019 - 19:44
Ten professors, who are white or presumed to be white, have received death threats from a black nationalist organization that accuses them of “desecrating the tombs of Gods and Goddesses.”

Twitter locked me out of my account for reporting on extremists

Fri, 04/05/2019 - 13:30
Twitter temporarily suspended my account this week after I posted a tweet that opposed far-right extremism.

SPLC Report: End solitary confinement in Florida

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 14:11
Solitary confinement is a wasteful and destructive practice that does not improve public safety, and harms the mental health of those subjected to it.

SPLC files claims against Trump administration on behalf of parents and children who suffered harm from family separation policy

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 12:17
Facing gang violence and extortion in Guatemala, J.V.S. and his 5-year-old daughter fled their home to seek refuge in the U.S.

SPLC seeks release of detained journalist whose work challenged ICE, a year after he was arrested

Thu, 04/04/2019 - 07:02
Memphis journalist Manuel Duran filed a habeas petition yesterday, seeking his immediate release from detention. 

DOJ: Conditions in Alabama prisons likely unconstitutional

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 13:55
The Alabama prison system is already fighting a years-long SPLC lawsuit over the neglect of prisoners with medical and mental health needs. Now, the U.S. Justice Department is threatening to sue the state because its prisons are beset by “rampant violence,” “unchecked extortion,” and “severe and widespread sexual abuse.”

WCF Verona: Where the 'Wind of Change' Marked a Sea Change in Hate Group's Strategy

Wed, 04/03/2019 - 10:17
Anti-LGBT hate group World Congress of Families (WCF) used its annual gathering to signal a strategy shift for gaining support for its anti-LGBTQ and anti pro-choice policies.

Karen Baynes-Dunning named interim president and CEO

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 14:48
We’re proud to announce that the Southern Poverty Law Center’s board of directors has voted unanimously to name Karen Baynes-Dunning as our interim president and CEO.

White Supremacist Symbol Found Spray-Painted at the Site of Fire, Civil Rights Center Says

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 12:52
Someone painted a white supremacist symbol at the scene where fire ravaged a building tied to the civil rights movement, according to a statement from the Highlander Research and Education Center.

Following SPLC investigation, Mississippi city agrees to overhaul fine and bail practices

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 08:18
The city council of Meridian, Mississippi, approved an agreement today with the SPLC that will end the city’s practice of incarcerating residents who are unable to pay fines and fees, and to stop using secured money bail in misdemeanor cases.

Alabama Voting Rights Project helps 2,000 people cast ballots in Alabama, but many more do not know they can vote

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 09:59
Rodney Lofton had never cast a ballot before a felony conviction stripped him of his voting rights in 2015.

Solitary Confinement: Inhumane, Ineffective, and Wasteful

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 14:21
Around the world and increasingly in the United States, there’s a growing consensus that solitary confinement of incarcerated persons is, at best, an ineffective and inhumane practice with little or no carceral benefit and, at worst, outright torture.

SPLC: Conversion therapy provider continues to secretly operate nearly four years after jury finds practices unconscionable

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 09:32
The SPLC this week filed a motion asking a judge to institute contempt proceedings against JONAH (Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing), now known as JIFGA (Jewish Institute for Global Awareness), for violating an injunction entered over three years ago requiring that it permanently cease all operations and completely halt all elements of its fraudulent gay-to-straight “conversion therapy” program.

Federal judge rules against Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas

Thu, 03/28/2019 - 08:26
A federal judge this week ruled against the Trump administration’s approval of Medicaid waiver projects in Kentucky and Arkansas that include work mandates and other cuts to health coverage.

SPLC statement on judge’s order blocking Trump administration’s Medicaid work requirements in Kentucky and Arkansas

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 15:12
A federal judge today rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to require people who depend on Medicaid to work in exchange for health benefits in Kentucky and Arkansas.

SPLC reacts to Facebook policy on white nationalism

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 14:35
The internet, and social media in particular, continues to be a powerful tool used by the radical right to accelerate the spread of hate into the mainstream. 

Gab Moves to Withdraw SEC Filing Amid Growing Financial Challenges

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 12:21
Gab, best known for operating an online space where white supremacists organize, abruptly withdrew its request to sell stocks to finance the company.

James Alex Fields Jr., Who Killed Heather Heyer at 'Unite the Right,' Pleads Guilty to Federal Charges

Wed, 03/27/2019 - 11:21
The white supremacist sympathizer who plowed a car into a crowd and killed a woman after a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, pleaded guilty Wednesday afternoon to 29 federal hate crimes.

A message to SPLC supporters

Tue, 03/26/2019 - 11:36
My name is Bryan Fair. I’m an African-American professor of constitutional law.

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